Galapagos Natural Life
Tourist Superior Class - Yachts Galapagos
ARCHIPELL II ECO-CATAMARAM
8 DAYS - 7 NIGHTS (Monday to Monday)
MONDAY: BALTRA AIRPORT - NORTH SEYMOUR
Our guide will be waiting for you in Baltra Airport and once the group of passengers is completed He/She will accompany you to the Archipell Catamaran which is anchored in Puerto Ayora harbor. After arrival on board, we will check in and give you general information. You will have lunch. Afterwards you will start with your first excursion to North Seymour. It is located slightly to the north of Baltra. It is a low, flat island, formed as a result of a submarine lava formation uplift. Covered with low, bushy vegetation, it contains the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds in the Galapagos. There is also a large population of blue-footed boobies that perform an amusing courtship dance when nesting conditions are right. It really is one of the highlights of this island.
TUESDAY: BARTOLOME –SANTIAGO ISLAND
In Bartolomé Island you will ascend to admire the spectacular panorama of the Sullivan Bay and the famous Pinnacle Rock. The beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock are excellent for snorkeling from which you can discover the marvelous underwater world. In the afternoon, you will visit Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago. We land on a white coral sand beach and begin our walk over lava that flowed less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos.
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PM - Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove Espumilla Beach is an important breeding site for turtles, as it is no longer suffering from digging wild pigs. The turtles return year after year to bury their eggs into the cinnamon colored sand dunes. About two months later (roughly from February to August) the eggs hatch. The beach ridge hides a mangle with two lagoons on the backside. A colony of American flamingos and aquatic birds used to be its main attraction, but after the climate phenomenon of El Niño, strong sedimentation altered the water environment, and now no longer contains their food. Vegetation zones are very close by, providing great scenic contrasts. During the climb up a hill, you will be rewarded with a beautiful overview of the transitions from sea to beach and from mangrove to a dry palo santo forest. At the nearby Buccaneers Cove, you have a great snorkeling opportunity
WEDNESDAY: SANTIAGO ISLAND - RABIDA
AM - Puerto Egas (Santiago) Puerto Egas is a black beach is located at the west side of Santiago Island. Volcanic tuff deposits formed this special black sand beach and made it the main attraction of the Island. This site is called Puerto Egas because Hector Egas attempted to exploit the salt, which failed because the price of salt on the continent was very cheap.
PM - Rabida Rábida Island is unique because the red color of the rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors as rain, salt water and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agent. A short walk along a trail leads us to a coastal lagoon behind the beach that allows the observation of land birds as finches, doves, yellow warblers and mocking birds. Meanwhile, at the lagoon there is a colony of flamingos.)
THURSDAY: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND - THE CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION – LOS GEMELOS
The Charles Darwin Research Station is formed by an information centre, a museum, a library and a tortoise breeding station. In the tortoise breeding you can encounter tortoises of different subspecies, which are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. The most popular inhabitant of this Station is probably the Lonesome George turtle. (If you cruise is only for 4 days after this visit you will fly back to the mainland of Ecuador)
In the afternoon you will visit “Los Gemelos” (The Twins), two enormous collapsed lava chambers, inspiring visual reminder of the power of nature. The short, easy hike to each of the twins is teeming with endemic flora and fauna, including the remaining Scalesia Forest draped in liverwort.
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FRIDAY: FLOREANA –CORMORANT POINT – CHAMPION - POST OFFICE BAY – MIRADOR DE LA BARONESA
At Cormorant Point you land on a green olivine sand beach. Following a 100 m long path you will soon reach a lagoon with flamingoes.
In the afternoon you will visit the Post Office Bay, which keeps the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to post their mail in. Then we will go to “Mirador de la Baronesa” and your naturalist guide will tell the murder and mystery legend of the Baronesa. This viewpoint is located on the north of the Floreana Island. The climb on the trails is very easy. Steps are placed in this area for security.
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SATURDAY: ESPAÑOLA - GARDNER BAY - SUAREZ POINT
In Española Island you will explore a lot of endemic wildlife. A lot of Birds, like the endemic Hood-Mockingbird. Gardner Bay provides you an excellent beach for swimming. Around the small islets nearby, snorkelers will find lots of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. The bay is also frequented by colonies of sea lions which like to swim with you.
Point Suarez, It’s one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago, with a long list of species found along its cliffs and sand or pebble beaches.
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SUNDAY: SAN CRISTOBAL – PUNTA PITT - CERRO BRUJO
Punta Pitt is one of the only two sites where all three boobies breed, as well as great frigatebirds swallow tailed gulls and Galapagos storm-petrels.
Cerro Brujo is one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. This fascinating lava landscape is located on the northeast coast of San Cristóbal. On the rocks you can observe boobies, sea gulls and some pelicans. The protected bay is very popular by young ocean turtles and rays
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MONDAY: SAN CRISTÓBAL ISLAND – LOBOS ISLAND – SAN CRISTOBAL AIRPORT
Lobos Island, you will enjoy swimming and snorkeling with sea lions in this calm bay. It is also a seasonal nesting location for the blue footed booby and frigate birds. Around midday you will fly back to the mainland of Ecuador.
Notice: According Galapagos National Park, itineraries are subject to changes.
• All meals (breakfast - lunch - dinner) water with meals.
• Accommodation in double cabins.
• Transfers from the airport to the yacht and vice versa in Galapagos.
• Excursions in the islands with English Speaking Naturalist Guide.
• Air ticket
Rate does not include:
• Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: USD 100.00 per person
• Migratory Control Card: USD 10.00 per person
• Soft drinks and alcoholics beverages.
• Snorkelling equipment for rent on board.
• Rates per person in U.S. Dollars
• Single occupancy supplement 50%
• The route of the ship and the itinerary are subject to change and can vary depending on the regulations and policies of the Galapagos National Park, weather, seasonal changes, safety, etc.
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